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AG: Concussion risks in youth football

Albany, N.Y. The attorney generals office issued a consumer alert Thursday to raise awareness about the risk of concussions in youth football.

Its important to remember that no helmet can fully prevent a concussion, said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a press release.

According to the attorney general, any claims a manufacture makes that a helmet is anti-concussive or concussion-proof may be misleading. In addition, companies may market add-ons for football helmets such as liners, bumper pads and electric devices. According to Schneiderman, there is little research on the effectiveness of these products.

The attorney general issued the followig tips to help prevent the risk of concussion and head injury in youth football:

Players, parents and coaches must be trained on the symptoms and risks of concussion.

Recognizing the signs of concussion and removing a player immediately is extremely important.

New York State law requires that players be removed from play until they are asymptomatic for a minimum of 24 hours and have written approval from their physician to return to play.

The number of concussions can be significantly reduced with modifications to practice format and an emphasis on penalty enforcement.

Reducing the number of hits is instrumental to reducing the risk of concussion because of the cumulative risk from repeated hits. Limit the amount of contact in practice and forbid drills that involve full-speed, head-on blocking and tackling that begins with players lined up more than three yards apart.

Players need to be trained to focus on techniques that minimize head-to-head hits. Coaches and referees must strictly enforce penalties against such behavior.

If you feel you've been a victim of this type of situation or any other type of consumer fraud, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Helpline at 1 -800- 771-7755.

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